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We’re reading the Bible through together this year, and we’ve been using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. Each day there are 4 readings from different parts of the Bible. But I need to announce a bit of a change in all of this. Starting from today, we’ll be limiting the podcast to 5 days a week. That WILL make a necessary jog in our readings, so you’ll have to pay close attention to how they are parceled out for the rest of the year. Do stay tuned. I’ll have more on that for you by Monday.
Psalm 74 is what is called – a Psalm of lament. It was written at a time when the people of Israel had suffered greatly. And that suffering was brought on by their own sin. The beginning verses reference the destruction of the Temple. So we know it was a very grave time for them. And yet, as it’s demonstrated here it is always right, even when it is our own sin that has brought severe consequences upon our heads – to run back to the Lord we have sinned against.
He loves to have it so.
It was what Adam and Eve failed to do in the Garden. They ran and hid instead.
Maybe you do that too when you sin. I know I have at times. But the Psalmist here has learned that lesson well. So instead of running and hiding, he leads the people in confession – in turning back to the God they’d spurned. And there, there only, is genuine hope restored.
You see that hope begin to poke through in verses 12 and following. He begins – “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.” The Psalmist sees God’s redemptive hand even in these tragic events. And then he says this in vss. 16-17: “Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.”
In other words: In the good times and in the bad, you have never left us without light. You are Lord still over our circumstances. You are Lord in every season of life. In the warmth of summer, the fresh time of spring, the falling shadows of fall, and even in the cold and dark of winter.
I hope you can hear that today Christian, and that your heart is cheered by it.
Whether today is a day of darkness and the cold season of winter – due to your own sin and disobedience – or if it only feels like that because of the current distress from the Corona outbreak.
God is still God both of our days and our nights. He has been faithful to establish the heavenly lights of His Word and His Church. He is the one who has fixed the limits of our current circumstances.
He is Lord over this season of life just as all others. And we can still call upon Him to rise up and be our Deliverer. Our God is a mighty and good God indeed. As Romans 8:32 says:
If He has done all things for the salvation of our souls – will He not be with us in everything we face and endure now?
He surely will.
God bless, and God willing, we’ll be back again next Monday.